The Language of Power and the Power of Language

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Organizational Discourse Studies, 2012, 2, pp. 29 - 38
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In this paper earlier research by the author (Clegg 1975) is used as an occasion for reflecting more generally on the adequacy of approaches to the study of language and power in organization analysis. Three approaches, the ethnographic, conversation analysis and a materialist approach, are discussed. The limitations, both in practical and analytic terms, of a language approach to power are drawn from a discussion of the inclemency rule and other data.
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